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2021 is the fifth 'year of 5G,' and possibly the most interesting
DanoVision | 1/19/2021

This year promises to include everything from C-band deployments to a possible reset in US-China relations by President Biden. The future of the 5G industry is at stake.

GSMA spectrum chief heads to SpaceX
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Brett Tarnutzer was in charge of all of the GSMA's spectrum-related regulatory activities, but is now leaving London for Washington, DC, to join SpaceX.

Is COVID-19 a catalyst for enterprise cloud growth?
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/15/2021

In part two of this series, Navisite COO Gina Murphy shares how the company is working with customers to assist their move to the cloud and help automate their operations.

Breaking down the 2021 cloud, automation and virtualization predictions
The Wizard of Roz | 1/15/2021

Some offer predictions and prognostications. Our former cloud analyst steps in with her reactions and reminds us that moving critical telco systems to the public cloud for telcos is a considerable challenge.

5G networks and the public cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/13/2021

How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?

Verizon CTO on open RAN: 'We're 100% behind the idea'
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Verizon CTO Kyle Malady tells Light Reading: 'I don't see any reason why the technology can't work, but there will be things carriers need to work out if they do adopt it.'

Navisite COO on creating a successful M&A playbook
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/11/2021

In this mentor spotlight, Gina Murphy discusses the key to completing a successful acquisition, and the importance of building a company culture that supports new ideas, new technology and diverse teams.

Nokia replaces Ricky Corker with Ed Cholerton as US chief
News Analysis | 1/4/2021

Following troubles with a large, unnamed North American customer that may be Verizon, Nokia named Ed Cholerton as its new North American chief.

5G trends to watch in 2021
Column | 12/30/2020

Omdia's Chris Nicoll provides an overview of how changes in the core of the mobile network will help 5G networks advance and new services emerge.

Cloud-native networking will move from trials to reality in 2021
News Analysis | 12/29/2020

Wireless network operators are already moving to cloud-native applications, but experts say the industry will see more automation and re-architecting of services in the coming year.

Carriers 'must continue to invest in network software'
News Analysis | 12/24/2020

The industry is moving toward containerized network functions (CNFs), but Omdia says operators are 'not done with VNFs yet.'

Verizon's CTO: 'I don't know what the hell 6G is'
News Analysis | 12/21/2020

Verizon's CTO Kyle Malady said that the operator is working to enhance 5G, and that he currently sees no reason to begin focusing on what's next.

Cisco broadband CTO broadens his scope
CxO Spotlight | 12/17/2020

John Chapman's focus has extended to PON, 5G and fixed wireless, but he'll 'always be a cable guy at heart.'

EU readies sweeping new tech 'rules of the road'
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

The EU is readying drafts of sweeping new legislation to crack down on anti-competitive behavior by big tech, but expect two years of wrangling.

After Google outage, telcos should think twice about public cloud
Morris Lore | 12/15/2020

Public cloud systems promise cost savings and convenience, but the wider risks cannot be ignored.

Deutsche Telekom becomes Microsoft tenant in bid for IT savings
News Analysis | 12/10/2020

German operator is the latest to move its IT systems into the public cloud, but at what long-term risk?

Cloud spend to rocket in 2021, says Deloitte
News Analysis | 12/9/2020

In 2021, cloud spending will grow seven times faster than overall IT spending, while 5% of doctor visits worldwide will be virtual, says Deloitte.

AWS in-house routing tech could blow a hole in Juniper's sales – analyst
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

The cloud computing giant plans to substitute routers developed in-house for equipment it currently buys from Juniper, according to MKM Partners.

Dish turns to Taiwanese supplier for more 5G radios
News Analysis | 12/8/2020

MTI will join Fujitsu in providing triband and dualband radios for Dish Network's planned 5G network. The radios will support open RAN interfaces.

Google Cloud brings partners, applications to the edge
Guest Perspectives | 12/8/2020

Hundreds of partner apps can now run at the edge with Google Cloud and Anthos, writes Google's Amol Phadke.

Brewing Japanese price war could spell trouble for AT&T, Verizon
DanoVision | 12/3/2020

Docomo in Japan is now selling 5G for around half of what its fellow incumbents charge. If Dish enters the 5G market in the US, AT&T and Verizon might be forced into a similar position.

SoftBank's $690M Sinch stake a customer service bet
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Japan's SoftBank Group grabs a tenth of Sinch, as Facebook and Salesforce also make acquisitions in the booming customer engagement industry.

Will Alkira's CBaaS shine in a sea of SASE suppliers?
News Analysis | 12/2/2020

Alkira's goal is that CBaaS will assist enterprises in connecting their business applications wherever they're housed – connecting sites together such as data centers or branches on a global scale.

Zoom booms, but share price gloom looms
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Zoom sees 367% year-on-year revenue growth in the third quarter, but a jump in free user numbers causes profit margins to dip 14.7%.

Telcos, vendors back new TMF test platform for interoperable IT
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

The TM Forum's much-publicized Open Digital Architecture could enjoy a boost from the latest move.

Going the virtual CMTS route
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/25/2020

New Light Reading e-book sponsored by Harmonic highlights some of the early advances made by cable operators and vendors in virtualizing the industry's access networks and expanding their capacity.

Two Parallel Wireless founders exit to start A5G Networks
News Analysis | 11/24/2020

Rajesh Mishra, Parallel Wireless' CTO, and Kaitki Agarwal, Parallel's chief product officer, are leaving the company to start A5G Networks, which will focus on open RAN orchestration.

Mavenir's mobile core business hits the big time
News Analysis | 11/24/2020

Mavenir is now one of the world's five largest suppliers of mobile core networking technology, which is essentially the brain of a wireless network.

Eurobites: Orange cozies up to AWS cloud
News Analysis | 11/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN maps out the way ahead; Vodafone suffers German outage; MTS, Ericsson combine on private network for Russian mine.

DataBank primps for 5G operators' edge needs
News Analysis | 11/23/2020

Following millions of dollars in investments in 2020, DataBank is planning for more than a dozen data center buildouts next year.

Juniper and 128 Technology: WAN big happy family?
Kelsey's Grammar | 11/23/2020

Once the process of bringing 128 into Juniper amps up next year, it will be clearer how this acquisition repositions Juniper in the WAN space, and whether this move can improve Juniper's service provider business.

Purse strings loosen for 5G startups
News Analysis | 11/18/2020

EdgeQ raised $51 million. Celona banked $30 million. And they're not alone. 'Yes, there is more funding available for 5G startups than in the past,' said Amar Kapadai of startup Aarna Networks.

T-Mobile's network chief pours cool, but not cold, water on O-RAN
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

'O-RAN for me is interesting at this point in time, but there's a host of unanswered questions around IP, around R&D, around system integration,' said T-Mobile's Neville Ray.

Cato Captures $130M in VC funding
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

This brings total funding to $332 million for the Israel-based secure access service edge (SASE) provider. In addition, Cato claims the company is valued at $1 billion.

Bouygues Telecom taps IBM to boost enterprise 5G biz
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

Partnership to create Open 5G Lab to support the development of 5G use cases for different vertical sectors.

Masergy beefs up SD-WAN security with Fortinet cloud firewalls
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

In addition to the firewalls protecting network traffic at a packet level, Masergy is providing customers with Fortinet's secure web gateway (SWG) service for IP traffic protection at the application level in the cloud and on-premises.

Dish's 5G gets real: Company inks massive Crown Castle tower deal
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

The work of physically installing radios on top of cell towers is often the most expensive part of any wireless network buildout. Dish Network said it will use 20,000 Crown Castle towers for 5G.

Cisco announces intent to acquire Hungary's Banzai Cloud
Guest Perspectives | 11/16/2020

The company's second cloud-native acquisition in as many months shows it is looking to add to its development resources for cloud applications and programming.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia builds cloud platform with Atos
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets its tax back; OBS digitizes Tricolor's contact center; Virgin Media launches basic broadband plan for UK welfare claimants.

US telcos engage with Indian vendors for low-end devices
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

US operators like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are exploring replacing China's cheap handset manufacturers with Indian companies, as the trade war continues.

Rakuten prioritizes private over public cloud in RCP push
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

The Japanese company is pitching its tools and applications to other service providers and says it can satisfy demands for ownership and data privacy.

Cisco CEO sees positive signs ahead as the company powers through the pandemic
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Chuck Robbins talks up a 'solid start' to the fiscal year as Cisco gains more visibility into its business. Overall revenues slipped in Q1, Cisco expects revenues to be flat or rise 2% in fiscal Q2.

Verizon explains exactly how it will make money from 5G
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Verizon officials outlined the company's 5G buildout efforts, as well as 5G revenue opportunities spanning 5G smartphones, 5G fixed wireless services and edge computing.

India launches PLI scheme to boost local manufacturing
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.

US-TikTok clock ticks as Trump forgets deadline
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The Trump administration appears to have forgotten about its November 12 deadline for ByteDance to divest US operations of the TikTok app.

Rakuten plots capex splurge with subs at just 1.6M
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The e-commerce giant's telecom revolution has yet to attract many followers. That may be about to change.

Telstra restructures into service, tower and fixed businesses
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

With eye to NBN sell-off, Telstra embarks on sweeping restructure, breaking into three entities including a tower business, and reveals energy reseller ambitions.

Singtel underlying profit down 36% as COVID-19 still bites
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Singapore-based operator continues to feel the effects of the pandemic in H1 FY21, but sees signs of 'modest recovery.'

Openet acquisition, customer cloud migrations boost revenue for Amdocs
Column | 11/11/2020

Predictably solid results are sweetened by an AWS deal expansion, making the cloud giant the preferred provider for Amdocs' internal IT transformation.

Mavenir parades 'multi-G' open RAN, cloud-native credentials
News Analysis | 11/11/2020

US supplier adds 2G/3G capabilities to its cloud-native 4G/5G converged packet core and open RAN solution; sets up 'Center of Innovation' in the UK.

Nokia brings AI to the edge for 5G
News Analysis | 11/11/2020

Finnish vendor unveils service that allows machine learning to be deployed at the edge for automated network fixes.

Cable shifts from 'irrelevant' to 'aggressive' in mobile
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

The companies once labeled 'irrelevant' by T-Mobile's former CEO are now accounting for roughly 8% of the industry's new mobile subscribers. And they're not stopping there.

6G sounds a lot like 5G, but it could spell upheaval
Morris Lore | 11/10/2020

What should customers and the telecom industry expect as the industry starts preparing for its next generation?

Microsoft's Airband initiative shifting focus amid leadership change
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Paul Garnett is no longer heading up Microsoft's Airband initiative, a move that coincides with the company's shift in focus to expand broadband in urban as well as rural areas.

COVID-19 has driven international traffic 47% higher – TeleGeography
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

The Internet 'bent but did not break,' research firm concludes.

Asia's Uber Grab leads $100M funding round in LinkAja
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Asia's ride-hailing unicorn continues move into payments and banking, becoming minority investor in the Indonesia-based e-wallet and mobile money provider.

Eurobites: Swedish court allows Huawei back in the 5G game
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson announcement prompts shares plunge; Telia launches FWA 5G in Norway; France's OVH strikes cloud deal with Google.

SoftBank, the Nasdaq whale, swims back to profits
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Despite losing $1.3 billion in a tech stock buying spree, Masayoshi Son's conglomerate profits after big tech stakes and a Chinese startup's IPO.

Zoom settles with FTC for fibbing over encryption
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Zoom agreed a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over complaints it misrepresented the security of its videoconferencing platform to users.

Where Dish Network is going in 5G, and how it will get there
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Dish Network is set to join AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in operating a 5G network. Here are the executives, vendors and government-mandated timeline it's using.

Dish pushes first live 5G network to Q1 2021
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Dish now expects to have some small, preliminary markets deployed in Q1 2021, and a major market up and running by Q3 2021, and remains 'on track' to meet its FCC buildout obligations.

Angry investors sue Apple over earnings call
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Apple faces a federal class action suit arguing it hid shrinking Chinese iPhone demand, costing pensions funds and other investors billions.

Infinera in optimistic mood after solid Q3
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Optical/IP technology specialist beats analyst estimates with Q3 results.

Viavi fiscal Q1 delivers 'all-time record' in OSP segment
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Optical security and performance products buoyed by strong 3D sensing demand star performer, field instrument recovery anticipated as 5G rollout accelerates.

KT sees operating profit fall on flat revenue, higher costs
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

South Korean telco KT Corp has recorded a sharp fall in operating profit in a quarterly result salvaged only by an accounting change.

Comcast to test mobile, fixed operations in C-band ahead of auction
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Comcast said it wants to 'evaluate coverage, throughput and mobility of equipment and facilities' in C-band spectrum ahead of the FCC's December auction of licenses in the band.

IBM assembles telco gang to go after 5G cloud biz
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

IBM assembled 35 companies, ranging from Nokia to Cisco, to underpin its new 'Cloud for Telecommunications' offering for 5G network operators.

New CommScope CEO gets loads of time to formulate a 'reset'
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Chuck Treadway, who took the reins last month, has until Q3 2021 to assess and present his long-term plan for the company, board chairman says.

SKT earnings soar 44% on back of media, security businesses
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

South Korea mobile leader SK Telecom has posted a 44% spike in third-quarter earnings, driven once again by non-core businesses.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown on open RAN and network slicing
LRTV Interviews | 11/5/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano and Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown recap the first day of the 5G Transport & Networking Strategies symposium and discuss topics including network slicing and open RAN.

A closer look at Verizon's curious CBRS spectrum purchases
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Verizon's CBRS spectrum purchases stretch across a variety of US markets. But the operator did not purchase spectrum in its most congested markets, according to Tutela.

Qualcomm surges on 5G hopes
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Chipset manufacturer said its investments in 5G 'are coming to fruition.'

Rakuten Mobile tries to woo customers with more price cuts
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Virtualized network operator scraps fees for contract sign-up and number portability in a bid to stimulate demand.

Comcast, Walmart in smart TV talks – report
The Bauminator | 11/3/2020

Per the terms being discussed, Walmart would promote smart TVs running Comcast software and get a cut of recurring revenue, the WSJ says.

Hopes fade for a cell tower boom
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Companies like Crown Castle and SBA Communications still expect to derive growth from catalysts like Dish Network's 5G plans and the C-band auction. But the timing remains somewhat unclear.

Mavenir gets reality check as IPO is delayed
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

One of the open RAN frontrunners has blamed 'market volatility' for the postponement of its IPO plans.

Dish Network signs up for US military's 5G plans
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Dish Network is offering the US Department of Defense a dedicated slice of its planned 5G network, as well as ways for the DoD to deploy services in its own spectrum holdings.

Open RAN might not be ready for America's big 5G push
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Some have been pushing open RAN as a lever to pull in the 'race to 5G' between the US and China. But the technology might not be ready for America's big midband spectrum rollout.

Facebook looks to AR to build beyond ads
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Facebook's Q3 revenue soared 22% to $21.47 billion, 98.7% from advertisements. It hopes AR will help eventually build some non-ad revenue, too.

During the pandemic, Alphabet spells advertising success
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Companies shifting their advertising online boosted YouTube's ad revenue by 32%, and Alphabet's overall revenue by 14%.

China's operators see slight growth, 5G users up
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Three Chinese operators steer a steady course in the first three quarters of the year with moderate revenue growth.

AWS star performer (again) in Amazon's bumper Q3
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Cloud, e-commerce and video-streaming behemoth beats analyst estimates; AWS still on soaring upward trajectory.

Dell prioritizes 5G future
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

The transition of carrier networks to standard hardware is opening doors for Dell, but the company is making it clear from the outset that it will be much more than a hardware vendor.

Toyota increases KDDI stake in $500M connected car alliance
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Toyota is to invest another 52.2 billion yen (US$500 million) in KDDI as part of a deal to collaborate on connected car technologies.

Podcast: Pandemic's pull on network traffic patterns
LRTV Interviews | 10/29/2020

Telia Carrier's Mattias Fridstrom discusses how the company's approach to fiber expansion varies in different regions, and how network traffic patterns are changing due to COVID-19.

Loss-making Telefónica bucks COVID-19 to lift revenues in Q3
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

Despite making a loss, Spanish telco giant saw net income grow by 5%, with 1.2% uplift in revenues, announces a FTTH alliance with Allianz.

US military goes all-in on spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

The US Department of Defense issued a new spectrum strategy that contemplates sharing its spectrum with 5G operators instead of providing it for commercial auctions.

Fiber, mobile money, pull Orange back to black in Q3, just
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

Less roaming pinched Orange's profits, but fiber, Orange Money, and Africa and the Middle East pushed Stéphane Richard's telco back to revenue growth.

AT&T, IBM team for edge computing and 5G
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

IBM's Cloud Satellite customers now have the option to use AT&T's 5G network for their communications, as well as AT&T's new Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) offerings.

ZTE ends Q3 with 55 5G commercial contracts
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Chinese supplier boasts solid top-line performance, but operating costs rocket, thanks to wounds incurred in the battle with the US.

Juniper takes a hit on cloud, slides ahead with service providers
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Juniper's struggling service provider business turned a corner, growing 5% year-over-year. However, Juniper's cloud business, which experienced consistent growth in 2019 into early 2020, dipped 7% year-over-year.

BT inks deal to ditch Huawei, use Ericsson RAN
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Ditching Huawei, BT will use Ericsson's RAN equipment alongside Nokia's in its 5G rollout.

Facebook seeks more telecom co-investments
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Moving away from the single lane, Facebook sees co-investment and partnership as a solution to the digital divide.

FCC confirms plan to divvy up 5.9GHz band
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Regulator presses ahead with controversial plan to allocate 45MHz for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi as it tackles rural coverage.

Microsoft's lockdown cloud revenues soar
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Microsoft sees its cloud services revenue rise 31% year-on-year, to $15.2 billion, as Verizon chooses Azure for private business 5G.

IBM amplifies sales pitch for operators' cloud biz
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

A top IBM executive used a major fall virtual trade show to make his pitch for the cloud business of major telecom operators. Whether IBM will find traction remains to be seen.

Trump's economic adviser reiterates 'free market approach' to 5G
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

'The Trump administration is going to keep its free market approach,' according to Larry Kudlow, an adviser to the president. At issue is a 5G network operated by the US military.

AMD muscles up with Xilinx in fight against Intel
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Fast-growing semiconductor firm ups the data center ante with biggest-ever acquisition, a $35 billion all-stock deal, expected to close by end of 2021.

Telcos, ISPs, tech fight for India E and V band spectrum
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

India's service providers want an auction – tech giants like Google, Facebook and ISPs want 5G E-band (71-76 GHz) and V-band (57-64 GHz) spectrum delicensed.

Starlink's beta arrives at $99/month for speeds up to 150 Mbit/s – report
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Starlink, the satellite Internet provider from Elon Musk's SpaceX, isn't confirming any details, but emails touting its 'Better Than Nothing Beta program' offer some insights.

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